Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum, said that it is unfair to expect President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the recommendations of the 2014 National Reform Conference convened by Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
“You can’t compel the president to implement a report he is not part of,” he stated at the opening ceremony of a retreat organized by the northern senators forum in Katsina on Tuesday.
“I can safely bet that those who put their trust in the report have not even read it, there is nothing radical in the report of the conference,” he added.
The senator said that the retreat which will be attended by governors and traditional rulers from the north, will discuss restructuring, 2018 budget and insecurity particularly in the north.
“We must study the budget in the context of the peculiar needs and interest of our three geo-political zones and perhaps to use the budget as a bench mark for assessing the impact of the federal budgets on our three zones,” he said.
He also noted that the high rate of poverty in the north is unacceptable and the lawmakers would make sure that every federal budget has the right impact to lift the northern region out of poverty.
Senate President Bukola Saraki in his speech however urged the north not to be afraid of the agitation for restructuring, adding that the region should take a more informed decision on the issues.
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State who was among other dignitaries who attended the event said that the north would support the devolution of powers provided it will not weaken the centre or give more powers to the states and local governments.